Aer Lingus bird strike forces plane back to Dublin
Aer Lingus was flying to Beijing, China to get medical equipment back to Ireland. Aer Lingus has been making regular flights to China to bring medical equipment to Ireland. This is similar to what fellow European airlines such as Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines have been doing. This flight was also headed to China for pickup of protective equipment. The aircraft was forced to return back to Dublin following a bird strike on one of its engines.
The aircraft is an A330-300 and is registered as EI-DUZ. The flight was flying from Dublin to Beijing as EI 9018. The aircraft took off around 12:00 in the afternoon and was forced to come back to Dublin after one of its engines suffered a bird strike upon departure. The flight landed at Dublin after around 40 minutes.
The aircraft was bound for Beijing to collect more consignments of PPE also known as personal protective equipment. Aer Lingus said in a statement: “EI9108 has returned to Dublin following a bird strike. Upon landing in Dublin it will be assessed by engineers and upon its clearance for travel a new departure time will be ascertained.”
This is one of the many flights Aer Lingus is set to operate to China to bring medical equipment. The aircraft is around 13 years old and is named St Aoife.
Cargo flights by Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus is set to operate a dozen flights between Dublin and Beijing for transportation of medical equipment. Its first flight sent to Beijing landed in Dublin on Sunday. It is set to bring PPE’s also known as personal protective equipment worth around €230 million which includes masks, gowns, eye shields etc.
The first Aer Lingus flight which touched down on sunday carried around €30 million worth of equipment from China. The pilots can’t step out of the aircraft as they will have to be quarantined for 14 days as per Chinese regulations. As of now 90 Irish pilots have got Visas to fly to China.
Aer Lingus is one of the many airlines to have started transporting cargo on their passenger aircraft. This is to help aid the medical industry which is in need of essential supplies especially in places where coronavirus has had a major effect.